Lockdown is supposed to ease tomorrow. Already the traffic along the lane much busier. White vans carrying produce to stores emerging from seven weeks of closure. Tractors making final preparations before the early wheat is harvested. Storms are forecast for this afternoon so the farmers are trying to cram in as much as they can before the thunder arrives. Three aircraft fly overhead. We look up each time one passes. Not commercial flights ; more probably the delayed delivery of Airbus aircraft that have been in limbo since this all started. The aircraft are heading west towards America. The airlines will not be particularly pleased to take delivery of $100m white elephants.
Away from the lane you step back a hundred, or possibly two hundred, years. A headline in the paper says this will be the worst economic downturn since the great frost of 1709. Considering that the period involves a number of wars and a revolution or two that is quite a claim. If it's true we're going to see history being made in front of our eyes.
Four moorhen chicks sitting sunbathing on the water lilly leaves. As soon as we're within fifty yards they're up and scurrying back into the safety of the shrubs that line the pond. One day we will get a picture of the entire family ! They have a permanence to them that says the great frost of 1709 was taken in its stride, as will this.
Sophie has collected quite a variety of twigs and leaves in her muzzle. This is a sign of a good walk.
10/10 in the esoterica rankings. Feisty Jewish diaspora in Yemen music. Mega cool and brave : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD90UbVXZSE
This is remarkable writing: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/finally-virus-got-me-scientist-who-fought-ebola-and-hiv-reflects-facing-death-covid-19